Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bug Off

Back in March I wrote about the newly released INtelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Bug Repellent Perfume Serum and Perfume Spray. 

I just knew it was going to be a hit because it really works and it smells delish.
Clearly, everyone else thinks so too, because the press it has received has been amazing: 


Bug Free Zone—with a spray that smells sweet
Notes of thyme and clove—not DEET—help fend off pests... The best part? It smells light and airy—we’d wear it even without its buzz-off powers. 


Bug Off
We’re buzzing about an insect repellent that doesn’t repel us. It contains soy oil, a natural bug shield, along with notes of geranium, so it smells great, too.

W JUNE 2011

Loaded with nine essential oils—from cedar to rosemary and, of course, citronella—the blend is certified organic and good enough to eat—but not for them.


Editors…Love it, Need It

Staves off critters with an organic blend of peppermint, lemongrass, and citronella oils-not pesticides like DEET—and smells so pleasant, I actually enjoy reapplying it. 


Bug Off

If you ask most women, bugs are not pretty, even if you’re really going for a carefree, wood-nymph look at, say, an outdoor concert. Neither are the chemicals often found in bug spray, which is why natural guru Horst Rechelbacher, has developed a bug serum for his line, Intelligent Nutrients. The pleasant-smelling formula was tested at his solar-powered home in Wisconsin and is completely free of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and pesticides.

Monday, June 27, 2011

H.R.2359 Update

Our hard work is paying off! This year, thousands of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics supporters urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to get cancer-causing formaldehyde out of Brazilian Blowout and other hair-straightening products.

Recently, I signed the petition to the Obama Administration asking for prevention to be a major focus of our country's cancer plan (we joined our allies at the White House in May and dropped off all 73,000 signatures!).

Well, we have exciting news: We have helped build the momentum for Congressional leaders to reintroduce the federal Safe Cosmetics Act in the House of Representatives Friday.

This bill (H.R.2359) would give the FDA the authority it needs to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful substances like lead, 1,4-dioxane and chemicals linked to cancer.

Existing law, which has not been updated in 70 years, allows companies to use these and other toxic chemicals in products we use on our bodies every day. We know that the U.S. can do better to protect our families and to remain a world leader in the marketplace!

Please urge your House members to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Here's how:

1. Email them using our easy form.

2. Call them. Use our Legislator Lookup, dial the number for your federal Representative (we're not contacting Senators yet), and use the email text as a guide for your message to the staff person who answers the phone. Calls usually take about 1 minute, but they are really important!

3. Visit them. You have the right to meet with your Representative (or his or her staffers) to tell them that you want safe cosmetics. Check out our Legislative Toolkit to learn more.

Please take action and spread the word!

P.S. If you haven't seen it already, check out The Story of Cosmetics, a short film that breaks down why we really need the Safe Cosmetics Act.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin

How honored to be in the company of Sarah Kurn  in an article by Ann Sandretto.

I have taken the liberty to add links to products that I endorse for the skincare topics discussed.

In their attempt to find the best moisturizer for oily skin, Always New You  polled 7 professionals and their responses are below:

#1 – Oily Skin Care Tips

Be sure to double cleanse! You should always use an exfoliating cleanser first to remove surface dirt and dead skin cells, and then apply a cream cleanser. This way the cleanser will more deeply penetrate the pores. Be sure that the cream cleanser is specifically for oily skin.
To further treat oily skin, be sure that skin is infused with isoflavonoids and polyphenols (which come from berries). These will pull toxins out of the body and help clarify and control oil on the skin.
Limit the amount of hydrogenated oil (such as vegetable or margarine) when you cook to avoid seeing it on your skin.
• Try making a do-it-yourself “Clarifying Chocolate Facial”
o You’ll need ¾ cup lukewarm water, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp chocolate syrup and 1 cup of instant oatmeal.
o Stir all the ingredients together until well-blended. Apply mixture to the face with a clean, flat paint brush, spoon, or sponge and let dry for 15 minutes. Lightly scrub the mixture off with lukewarm water.
The oatmeal will soak up excess oils and exfoliate when scrubbed away, the honey will refine your pores while killing surface bacteria, and the chocolate polyphenols help with fine lines and wrinkles while soothing your senses.
-Scott-Vincent Borba – Celebrity Esthetician – Author of Skintervention: The Personalized Solution to Healthier, Younger and Flawless-Looking Skin -

#2 – Moisturize Oily Skin

Oily skin can benefit greatly by applying a grated raw potato mask or just rubbing the potato on the skin and leaving the juices on for one-half hour, rinsing off with water and vinegar. Apply an oil-free herbal moisturizer. Buy almond butter at the health food store and use it as a cleanser to give the face a light scrubbing.
-Lily Morgan – Author of ‘Beauty, Health, and Happiness: A Way of Life’ – Founder and Formulator of Lily Organics Farm Fresh Skin Care –

#3 – Should You Moisturize Oily Skin?

This is a great skin topic as many people are confused by oily skin and how to enhance the skins health and appearance, including anti-aging products needed for oily skin.
Oily skin is a genetic skin condition/skin type. – Oil in the skin is considered a “fat” – dry skin lacks this healthy fat.  Moisturizer is intended to replace “fats” and water in skin that is deficient causing uncomfortable, dull appearance. Oily skin should NOT moisturize, however, a simple, clean sunscreen that is chemical based will aid in preventing premature skin aging and increase in pore size.
There is no need to add moisture to oily skin…and MOISTURIZER does NOT prevent wrinkles. Oily skin can prevent premature skin aging by using sunscreen daily and using a Retinol or Retinoid based product in the pm regime. Retinoids will also revise poor size and prevent acne flare-ups.
-Sarah Kurn – Master Esthetician –

#4 – Oily Skin Care

Modern women navigating through “mid-life” that have overly oily skin are probably using a cleanser that is too harsh for their maturing skin. A mature woman should only use milk or cream cleansers, no foaming cleanser.
If skin is overly cleansed, it will actually cause the sebaceous glad to produce more oil to rehydrate the skin that has just been stripped – creating a vicious circle of overly oily skin. Once skin is properly cleansed, twice per day, with a milk or cream cleanser, the skin will eventually regulate and not over-produce sebum.
-Becky Sturm – CEO/Founder –

#5 – Oily Skin Moisturizing

I have oily skin, but I can keep it moisturized and clean easily without side effects.
First, I like to use Tea Tree Oil to prep and clean my skin, it doesn’t harshly dry but still cleans up the excess oil. Next, I use a lotion-based after shave for men (women can use these too, and you don’t need to have just shaved to get it’s moisturizing properties). Finally, if I need to, a high end retinol cream and/or some aloe cream on my cheeks and forehead will do the trick.
-Celebrity Anand Bhatt –

#6 – Moisturize Oily Skin

I have two options for my clients with oily skin and neither has anything to do with staying away from oil.
The first is to cleanse and moisturize with a product that has a good balance of oil and water and does not strip the skin or make it feel tight. Your skin is making oil for a reason and if you try to take all of that oil off, it will only serve to dehydrate you and encourage your oil glands to become over-productive.
The other option is to use a blend of pure oils, mixed with equal parts water in the palm of your hand, and massage every night. People initially think that I am insane telling them to do this, but within a week or two we usually have their oil problems under control. For this option, I do suggest working with an herbalist or skin care specialist to know what oils are best for your specific needs. Some good ideas include jojoba, grape seed, sesame, olive squalane, coconut oil, and maybe a little rosehip, carrot, tamanu or argan.
Note: I DO NOT recommend adding more than 1-3 drops of all essential oil(s) to 1 oz of any oil mix.
-Emma Graves – Herbalist & Holistic Skin Care Specialist (Aesthetician) –

#7 – Rita’s Tips on Controlling Oily Skin

• Cleansing – It’s important to properly cleanse oily skin by using a cleanser specifically designed for oily skin. Gel-based cleansers work best to remove excess oils. Use cool water – never hot – when cleansing because you don’t want to over-strip your skin. Finally, use a washcloth to remove the cleanser as an added extra step of gentle exfoliation, as oily skin can sometimes lead to clogged pores.
• Moisturizing – It’s also very important to properly moisturize oily skin. This might seem counter-intuitive but sometimes people with oily skin over-cleanse, removing too much moisture from the skin. Then your skin reacts by producing even more oil. Use a good oil-free moisturizer that is specifically made for oily skin.
• Primer – Use an oil-controlling gel-based primer as a base underneath your make-up to make it last all day long
• Foundation/Makeup – Avoid creamy/liquid foundations that will add too much moisture to your skin. Instead chose a powder, mineral foundation make-up, which is great for absorbing excess oils and gives you a matte finish. Also use powder shadows and blushes instead of creamy shadows, pencils or blushes, to minimize the oils on your face.
Blotting Papers – Blot your oily skin throughout the day with blotting papers, rather than layering on more powder which can clog your pores.
-Rita Csizmadia – Founder of Rita’s Skin Institute

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Eco Clear

Though our 3waybeauty sample and mini bar packaging was made out of wood pulp and fully recyclable and compostable, I really wanted a clear bag for these two items. That way it was easier for clients to see what the beauty bar looked like and what the directions and ingredients were.

We are  now using Eco Clear Bags for these reasons.

A compostable and sustainable alternative to traditional packaging. Eco Clear Bags use EarthFirst® PLA film from Ingeo™ that is certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and DIN Certco under ASTM 6400 and EN 13432.
  • Made from Plants
  • Lactic Acid from plants is used to create the material Polyactide (PLA)
  • Certified Compostable
  • FDA approved for direct food contact
  • Sustainable

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's Pride Week

It's Pride Week here in the Twin Towns and this year we will have a booth (#1014) in Loring Park in Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th.

We'll be featuring the new lavender edition of shhh... shampoo - shower - shave ...and sharing our booth with Sairey Gernes and her TowelTopper, so stop by and say hi!

Wanna try a three-way?

Sale #3, #33 and #333 each day of Pride will receive a complimentary shhh. bar of their choice.

5% of all sales on Pride weekend  will be donated to the Red Ribbon Ride.

"Like" us on Facebook. As soon as we reach 333 'likes" someone will be chosen to receive a complementary bar of our new lavender edition.

Follow us on Twitter. As soon as we reach 333 followers someone will be chosen to receive a complementary bar of our new lavender edition.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cut Confusion?

The FDA is trying to make it easier to understand the sunscreen label.
Are you less confused after reading this article?

Paragraph 3 of said article is quite telling in regard to the effectiveness of our government vs. the Big Beauty industry.
"30 years of bureaucracy"? That's a lot of bottles of ineffective tanning products (and money that was made) used by women slathering up and slip sliding away on their metalic tanning blankets. Doncha think?
Thanks FDA for having our best interests at heart. You're swell!

Then, before you purchase your sunscreen check the safety of its ingredients here. - That's a whole other topic.
Who knows how long it will take before tanning beds are banned! 

Like I have been saying for years, and what this journalist confirms in this article, I'll continue with my French sunscreen as I have for years. They've had it right for ages.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Argan Oil

Seems like argan oil has been the new "it" ingredient in beauty products these last couple of years.
I must agree that it is a very spectacular oil. - Argan oil naturally contains the following compounds:

• tocepherols, including vitamin E-- help to neutralize free radicals on the skin and scalp
• omega 6 -- help to prevent hair breakage
• saponins -- naturally soften the hair and skin 

My favorite argan oil? John Master 100% USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil.

The most popular brand is, Moroccan Oil.
Though I have used Moroccan oil and loved what it did to my hair, I looked up the ingredients of this product when I got home from the salon:
  • Cyclopentasiloxane,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Cyclomethicone,
  • Butylphenyl,
  • MethylPropional,
  • Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil),
  • Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract,
  • Fragrance Supplement,
  • D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17,
  • Coumarin,
  • Benzyl Benzoate,
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone 
I don't know about you, but I wasn't impressed. If you want to know what some of these ingredients are, check out the Skin Deep website and look them up.

I haven't used the John Masters Argan oil on my skin enough to notice a huge difference, because I am always slathering oil on my face. But, I DO love it as an oil treatment for my hair so the skin treatment is just an added bonus.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hair by Lehla

I have always been a huge fan of Bethany Lorelle hair accessories. What's not to love?

But, there is a new kid on the block that is making headbands/hair clips with MagneBlooms™, NEW interchangeable fabric bloom headbands.
Ingenious, lehla shop!

Now you can purchase one head band or clip and as many magnetized accessories as you want.
Couture - Custom - Cute
I agree!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Facelift for NONTOXIQUE

I've always said that whatever a girl needs do so that she feels pretty is a-ok with me - sometimes that means a little nip and tuck.

NONTOXIQUE has done just that and though I thought they had lovely packaging, I find this new look quite fun and fresh. Brava!

I must say that I do like the new foaming pump on the Hand & Nail Cleanser with the addition of the 2 oz. size. The little mini is TSA compliant so no issue with travel.
The new, smaller size of the Herbal Scrub is an easier fit for my shower caddy and the Restore Day Creme now comes in a pump, too. - I must say I was never a huge fan of sticking my fingers in the cream, so I much prefer the new pump.

NONTOXIQUE is a performance based, eco-luxury, hand, foot and nail skin care line that gives women pleasure to touch more, feel more and do more with their hands and feet.
Because your hands & feet do all the work™

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Here Comes the Sun

Via American Spa Magazine - June - Lisa Starr

With the advent of summer, it’s time to brush up on your sunscreen knowledge. We are more concerned than ever about our health, and should be prepared with knowledge on the use of sun protection and information on the latest innovations in suncare products, of which there are many.

Sunlight is divided into two types of harmful rays, ultraviolet A and B. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns and were the focus of early sun protection products. However, we now know that UVA rays can pass through glass and penetrate deeper into the dermis, causing immune system suppression and premature aging. While sunlight does provide us with vitamin D3, not to mention happiness benefits, a tan is the sign of the skin’s own natural defense system fighting against the rays of the sun, and, as such, is never as healthy as it may look or feel.

There is evidence of the use of sunscreen as far back as 400 BC by Greeks training for the Olympic Games who covered themselves with sand and oil. Modern sunscreen, however, is considered to have been created in the mid-1930s by chemist Eugene Schueller, who went on to found L’Oréal. In the U.S., Miami pharmacist Benjamin Greene developed a product in the mid 1940s, which became known as Coppertone. Until that time, tanned skin was considered a by-product of the working-class lifestyle, but the availability of a product that protects against the sun’s burning rays made sunbathing popular. However, this early product did not protect against the sun’s UVA rays. It was not until 1980 that Coppertone developed the first UVA/UVB sunscreen. It is important to note that the current FDA guidelines on sunscreen were published in 1999, and the SPF numbers currently in use only pertain to UVB protection. This year, we are supposed to see the final sunscreen monograph, which will mandate detailed UVA as well as UVB coverage and will cap SPF numbers on labels at 50. The Skin Cancer Foundation is also implementing new standards for its Seal of Recommendation program, which will include UVA protection information and categorize sunscreens based on their intended use. “Daily Use” products would be moisturizers and cosmetics worn during incidental sun exposure, and “Active Use” describes those products designated for use during outdoor sports and recreational activities.

Everyone is a potential client for sunscreen—even those with darker skin can still suffer the aging effects of the sun’s rays. More than 2 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. More than 100,000 of those will be new cases of melanoma, and almost 9,000 people succumb to the disease each year. Melanoma causes almost 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is the leading form of cancer in young adults ages 25 to 29. Despite these dangerous statistics, surveys have shown that just one in five American households uses sun protection to guard against cancer.

Sun protection products are also divided into two camps: physical blocks, which work by reflecting the sun’s rays, and chemical absorbers, which work by absorbing the sun. Physical blockers provide the best protection, but are often visible on the skin (think of lifeguards with zinc oxide noses) and so are less popular with consumers. Chemical blocks are effective at absorbing the sun’s rays, but studies have shown that some of the chemicals used can also be absorbed into the bloodstream, particularly oxybenzone.

Scientists have been working on developing more natural sunscreen agents that have low environmental impact. At the 2010 meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientist Joseph Laszlo, Ph.D., presented an innovative technology that converts soybean oil into a bio-based active ingredient for sunscreen products, called feruloyl soy glycerides (FSG).

Another bio-based development involves bacteria. Human skin is covered with bacteria, and research is taking place to identify molecules in bacteria that can block UV radiation. A gene cluster in a particular type of blue-green algae has been identified that offers this protection. Separately, scientific studies have shown that sunscreens containing antioxidants have the capacity to improve the appearance of skin that has been damaged from sun overexposure, so many formulators are working to integrate antioxidants into their products, especially vitamins C and E.

As for after-sun care, one interesting fact is that most animals, all plants, and even insects use an enzyme called phytolase to automatically repair sun-damaged DNA. Humans, unfortunately, lack this enzyme, but researchers at Ohio State University have recently been able to recreate the process, and their discovery may contribute to the development of future products that can heal sun-damaged skin. A New Zealand agricultural research company discovered during testing on byproducts from Sauvignon Blanc wine production that grapeseed extracts were very effective at combating UV skin damage when applied to the skin. These developments bode well for the consumer, especially those interested in more natural approaches to sun protection. All of this research into interesting new ingredients and technologies brings a wide array of new products and approaches to the marketplace.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Orange Crush

Via American Spa Magazine - June - by Jessica Lyons

The pleasurable and medicinal properties of orange essential oil is why it was chosen as an ingredient in the signature aromatic blend of shhh. shampoo - shower - shave.

As a fruit, an orange is a refreshing summer treat. As a color, it’s warm, bright, and invigorating. When used as an ingredient in spa treatments (or products), it’s a veritable miracle worker—a relaxing trip to a sunny spot, a refreshing dip in the fountain of youth, and a tasty treat all rolled into one. “Orange extracts can be perfect ingredients for spa treatments, not only due to their wonderfully refreshing scent but also due to their numerous benefits,” says International educator Melissa Morris. “Orange contains essential vitamin C necessary for collagen formation. Moreover, it is also an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and works at addressing lines, wrinkles, and photodamage. It is also anti-inflammatory and restores balance in the skin.”

Sweet orange oil, meanwhile, reduces stress and acts as a skin tonic because of its gentle astringent properties, says Vivianne Garcia-Tunon, ESPA’s vice president of operations in the U.S. “The essential oil captures the freshness of newly peeled oranges,” she says.
Orange oil can help calm and comfort,” says Garcia-Tunon. “It’s effective in relaxing the mind and body and improving concentration. It is also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic on the skin, as well as a digestive aid.”

Another anti-inflammatory ingredient is neroli, a bitter orange flower that is also hydrating, healing, and calming to the skin. When used in aromatherapy treatments, it balances the mind and improves concentration. “It requires more than one ton of petals to produce just one kilogram of essential oil,” says Garcia-Tunon. “Subsequently, it is one of the most expensive and precious essential oils.” In aromatherapy, neroli is used for soothing, uplifting, and relaxing. It also helps to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells, and therefore has rejuvenating effects on the skin. It is particularly useful for dry or sensitive skin.

Orange’s mood-boosting qualities give the fruit a starring role in the Spring Renewal Massage at Three Springs Spa at Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Austin, TX).  “The orange is invigorating, and the smell of citrus promotes a positive mood,” says Shana Ominsky, spa and wellness director. “It’s an uplifting scent, and clients leave with both body and mind invigorated and rejuvenated.”

In addition to its de-stressing and restorative benefits, orange’s collagen-building, packed-with-vitamin-C properties make it perfectly suited to facials. Its anti-aging properties work well to correct uneven skin tone, sunspots, and post-blemish marks. For these reasons, Jurlique uses citrus unshiu peel extract, also known as satsuma mandarin peel extract. “This is a wonderful natural alternative to skin lightening, as it inhibits the production of melanin,” says Lisa Polley, Jurlique’s director of education and business development. “Vitamin C is a tyrosinase inhibitor,” says Polley. “Tyrosinase is an enzyme found in the cells that releases melanin pigment and causes the darkening effect when stimulated by UV light. Regular use of vitamin C topically reduces melanin production while also promoting collagen synthesis.”

When a treatment in which orange is a featured ingredient, Morris serves a healthy orange-infused beverage, like Spalasium’s Renew Vital-I-Tea, which contains orange peel.

Resorts in citrus-heavy states, like Arizona, Florida, and southern California, have an added advantage when it comes to offering treatments containing orange, as many spa-goers enjoy services featuring indigenous ingredients. Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms, which features orange in six of its treatments, still maintains part of the property’s original orange grove. Guests can smell the sweet scent from the grove and then bask in its benefits inside the spa. “We offer our signature neroli services year round as part of our menu, and the front desk staff suggests these treatments for clients looking for something unique to the area,” says spa coordinator Meghan Zazzarino.

Similarly, Florida’s Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando revels in its state’s signature fruit. The spa butler serves old-fashioned freshly squeezed orange juice, and there is even a full-time citrus consultant who offers spa guests advice and homecare remedies. As for services, guests can luxuriate in the Citrus Indulgence Manicure and Pedicure, which use mandarin and tangerine. The Citrus C Facial, gives skin a vitamin-rich burst of citrus with mandarin to promote hydration and vitamin C to promote collagen stimulation. “Orange is one of the favorite fruits in the world,” says spa director Suzanne Holbrook. “The very smell of it reminds you of happy moments and brings happy thoughts to mind. That is why it is used in our spa menu. It gives a relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter.” The bottom line is, orange-inspired services will be a fruitful endeavor.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Products for Men

Via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The average American man uses six personal care products a day containing more than 80 unique chemicals. Many of these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, inhaled or ingested, and the vast majority of cosmetic chemicals have not been assessed for safety.

Some of the chemicals used in men's body-care products – from aftershaves and shaving creams to deodorants and shampoos – are linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other chronic health problems. A common chemical found in most fragranced products may be particularly harmful to male reproductive health.

What's in his Medicine Cabinet?

Problematic chemicals in men's personal care products include:

Diethyl phthalate (DEP): found in fragrance-containing products such as cologne, aftershave, shaving cream, shampoos and deodorants
  • Recent human studies link DEP to sperm damage in adult men, abnormal reproductive development in infants, and Attention Deficit Disorder in children (i).
  • A study by Harvard University researchers suggests that a single use of cologne can markedly increase the level of DEP in a person’s body (ii).
  • Recent product tests found DEP in popular men’s colognes Quicksilver, Calvin Klein Eternity for Men, Old Spice After Hours Body Spray and Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (iii).
Lead acetate: found in men’s hair and beard colorants
  • Banned from cosmetics in European Union because it is a known human reproductive toxicant
  • Brands include Men’s Grecian Hair Formula and Youthair Hair Color for Men.
Coal tar: found in dandruff shampoos such as Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo
  • Known human carcinogen that is banned from cosmetics in European Union.
Triclosan: found in antibacterial soaps and deodorants such as Old Spice Wide Stick Deodorant, Speed Stick deodorants, Dial anti-bacterial soaps and Edge Advanced Shaving Gel, Ultra Sensitive
  • Linked to hormone disruption, and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (iv).
  • The Canadian Medical Association asked the Canadian government to ban triclosan in household products due to concerns about bacterial resistance and carcinogenic byproducts (v).
  • There is no evidence that triclosan soaps are any more effective than regular soap and water (vi).
Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane: found in many leading shampoos and body washes
  • Known animal carcinogens and probable human carcinogens, according to US EPA (vii).
  • Formaldehyde is a leading allergen that can trigger skin rashes and other allergic reactions.
  • 1,4-dioxane is a leading groundwater contaminant and suspected as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, according to California EPA.
Safer Alternatives

Some companies are already making safer men’s products that don’t contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates and formaldehyde. You can browse the list of companies that make men's products and have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
Men can also search for safer products on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Look for products in the 0-2 range with the green circle.
However, it’s not possible to just shop our way out of this problem. Without new laws, hazardous chemicals will remain in the majority of personal care products – and the problem will remain hidden from consumers. Many of the toxic chemicals described here are not even listed on product labels due to loopholes that allow companies to keep secret the chemicals in fragrances (such as DEP) and the hazardous impurities (such as formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane) that are commonly found in products.

What You Can Do
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will fix these problems by requiring companies to list all product ingredients on labels, and by setting up a system to ensure that all personal care products are assessed for safety and free of the most harmful chemicals.
This legislation will protect the health of everyone who uses personal care products, and will also ensure the long-term health of the cosmetics industry by shifting the industry away from toxic chemicals and spurring the innovation of safer products that consumers around the world are demanding.
Ask your Representative to support the Safe Cosmetics Act

i. Swan SH, Main KM, Liu F, Stewart SL, Kruse RL, Calafat AM, et al. 2005. Decrease in anogenital distance among male infants with prenatal phthalate exposure. Environ Health Perspect 113(8):1056-61; Swan SH. 2008. Environmental  phthalate exposure in relation to reproductive outcomes and other health endpoints in humans. Environmental Research 108(2): 177-84; Duty SM, Singh NP, Silva MJ, Barr DB, Brock JW, Ryan L, et al. 2003. The Relationship between Environmental Exposures to Phthalates and DNA Damage in Human Sperm Using the Neutral Comet Assay. Environ Health Perspect 111(9): 1164-9; Engel SM, Miodovnik A, Canfield RL, Zhu C, Silva MJ, Calafat AM, Wolff MS. 2010 Prenatal phthalate exposure is associated with childhood behavior and executive functioning. Environmental Health Perspectives in press.

ii. Duty SM, Ackerman RM, Calafat AM Hauser R. 2005. Personal care product use predicts urinary concentrations of some phthalate monoesters. Environ Health Perspectives 113(11): 1530-5.

iii. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, “Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance.” March 2010.

iv. Environmental Working Group, “Pesticide in Soap, Toothpaste and Breast Milk - Is It Kid-Safe?” July 2008.

v. Yang, Jeniffer (2009-08-21). "Experts concerned about dangers of antibacterial products." Globe and Mail.

vi. WebMD, “FDA Panel: No Advantage to Antibacterial Soap: Advisory Panel Says Regular Soap and Water Just as Effective in Preventing Illness.” October 2005.

vii. For more information about formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in products see Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, “No More Toxic Tub: Getting Contaminants out of Children’s Bath and Personal Care Products.” March 2009. The report focuses on children’s products such as shampoo and bubble baths, but many adult products are also contaminated with formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Take Two

shhh. shampoo, shower, shave - the second edition has arrived!

Same great beauty/grooming bar, now in lavender. Think you know what lavender smells like? Do you already love it? Don't think you're a fan? Give this one a chance before you decide. Keep in mind that most lavender scented products are made with synthetic lavender perfume oils.

Our exclusive lavender blend is made up of 7 lavender varieties from around the globe - France, Bulgaria, Tasmania, US, China and England. When I was working with my master herbalist to develop this blend, I had no idea that lavender could vary so much.

Lavender has often been called the "Mother oil"  of essential oils because it is the most beloved of the essential oils.
It seems to be a very fitting oil for this day and age since it eases stress, helps you sleep, relieves migraines and helps lift depression. It is excellent for the skin, stimulating circulation and cell regeneration. It's an  anti-septic, antibiotic, antidepressant, sedative & immune system stimulant and it's been used extensively for healing of burns, rashes and infections. 
All of this goodness and then that aroma...

Stop by STYLEDLIFE at Galleria in Edina, Minnesota for a free smell...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Unique Grad Gift Combo

Looking for a trendy, but practical, gift to give a graduate this year?

We've teamed up with the TowelTopper and paired our new grooming bar with this cool new product that virtually, everyone can use.

So, after you Shampoo, Shower and Shave, wrap up!

Forget trying to hold your towel up while getting dressed—the TowelTopper™ towel holder frees up your hands! Use it with ANY TOWEL at home, at the gym, while you are traveling, or even at the beach or pool. Not only is it a fun and useful accessory, it is easy to pack and easy to use!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Notte Breeze

Finally the award winning dry shampoo that won best in show in NYC is available in a colored version perfect for darker shades!

A few years ago Principessa came out with a dry hair shampoo, Bianco Breeze,  that did double-duty as a body powder.  (You know how I love products that do double or even triple duty!)
The talc-free recipe quickly became my FAVORITE body powder - Personally, I don't have oily hair and don't find the need to use a dry shampoo, but I do have many clients who use it.
Since it is a white powder, it has been a bit more difficult  for my clients with darker hair to use. It certainly was possible, but it requires a bit of time to get it worked in to the hair so it doesn't look lighter than their darker hair.

No more worries, Principessa has finally launched a darker version of their dry shampoo hair powder. Introducing, Notte Breeze. (Looks pretty as a body powder too!)

Sprinkle into your hair to absorb excess oils and create gorgeous body and volume! It magically blends roots and can extend blowouts, too! Suitable for all hair types and also works wonders as a body powder. Seductively silky and infused with a soft scent to leave you smelling as fresh as you look. Poof, you're perfect!